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Permission in principle – growth, renewal, protect

The biggest shake up of the planning system since 1947 continues apace with the announcement, on 2 August, of government plans to create an automatic green light for development within specifically designated areas of the country.

Setting aside company transactions involving Jersey, Guernsey and BVI companies

Financial pressure can change perspectives on transactions – whether through the lens of an insolvent winding up, in the context of a counterparty or related interested party exploring ways in which they might unravel a transaction, or a new board considering whether a company can extricate itself from contractual arrangements that appear to have been subject to a conflict of interest or which were for an improper purpose.


In brief: Presidential roles for British lawyers

British solicitor Howard Rosen has been elected as president of the Zurich-based British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce. Stephenson Harwood partner Tibor Gold has been elected president of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents.

LCD refuses to disclose cost of QC inquiry counsel

Despite its policy of naming and shaming high-earning legal aid barristers, the Lord Chancellor’s department (LCD) is refusing to reveal how much taxpayers’ money it paid to Nigel Pleming QC, its counsel in the House of Lords inquiry into the fees of four top silks. During the inquiry it was Pleming who exposed the details […]

Canada is Deloittes' next target

Philip Hoult reports. Big Six accountancy firm Deloitte & Touche is set to add Canada to its global network of law firms but is still publicly insisting that it has no intention of moving into the UK legal market. The firm has hired Ian Tod, ex-managing partner of Toronto firm Torkin Manes, reportedly to carry […]

Law Society elections. Electing on policy or personality?

The challengers: if Michael Napier and David McIntosh are elected, they plan to take on the Government – not the Law Society. It costs the Law Society £100,000 to hold an election for each of the three presidential offices. For this reason, in the eyes of some members of the profession, anyone forcing a vote […]

Coventry firm wins third Dibbs property partner

Dibb Lupton Alsop has lost a third property partner to Warner Cranston – this time from its Birmingham office. David Hayes, Dibbs’ head of property in Birmingham, is to join Warner Cranston’s Coventry office as a partner, replacing a property partner who has retired. He follows Peter Davis and Lawrence Radley, who left Dibbs’ London […]

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